The Musical Mountaineers

Rose Freeman and Anastasia Allison are a unique pair of classically trained musicians based in Washington state. If you haven’t heard of them before, a short summary: They climb mountains with a violin and keyboard strapped to their backs and play their music in the open nature.  

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Pursuing A Passion

But what they really do is much more beautiful and complicated. Rose and Anastasia are passionate dreamers constantly pushing themselves to wake up at 3 a.m. in the morning to summit a mountain and play some of their favorite pieces, such as “Amazing Grace,” because it’s what fills their souls.  

 Meeting under what Anastasia calls “serendipitous circumstances” they have been working together for almost two years now. Going from Park Ranger to Police Officer to Musical Mountaineer, Anastasia has a story you won’t forget. Read more about that here.

Videos of their performances span places like Gold Creek Pond, various locations in the North Cascades, and on top of Mount Shuksan, so watching them perform never gets old.

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“We are both very normal, down-to-earth, regular people. If we can carry a violin and a piano into the mountains and become The Musical Mountaineers, then truly anybody in the world is capable of absolutely anything that they can imagine. The Musical Mountaineers is built around the idea that we can each bring our own “music” into the world – even if you don’t play an instrument. What lights you up inside? What are you passionate about? What are the ideas that you have kept hidden in your heart? Dream big and bring more good into this world!”

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They are our February Featured Creators, as well, so you can guess that we really love what these two women are doing!

 Grab a cup of coffee and listen to our interview with the intrepid pair below. Find out what keeps Rose and Anastasia motivated and moving. Find out how Rose manages to carry her forty-pound pack up the mountains, and how Anastasia keeps her fingers nimble despite the cold.  

Find them online!

Their social media accounts:
Instagram: Anastasia, Rose
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MacKenzie Passegger

MacKenzie Passegger is the face behind our various social media accounts, and also routinely writes articles on our blogs (that you’re hopefully enjoying). She's a Washington state native who found herself settling in Austria after bouncing around Europe. When her toddler isn’t keeping her on her toes, she enjoys cooking, craft beer & traveling back home. Being away from Washington allows her to have a different perspective and has deepened her love for the Evergreen State.

4 Comments

  1. Avatar Randa Conroy on March 1, 2018 at 11:06 am

    Any CDs?

  2. […] account. Through this little app on my phone and laptop, I’ve learned about people like, The Musical Mountaineers– two friends who hike up a mountain with their violin and keyboard strapped to their backs […]

  3. […] Howdy folks, welcome to another edition of Exploring Washington. I’m your host Jonathan Phillips. Our guests today are Rose Freeman and Anastasia Allison, a pair of musicians who call themselves the Musical Mountaineers. As the name implies, they are known for putting their instruments in backpacks and hiking to remote locations in Washington to play their music. For instance, they have played “Colors of the Wind” on a cliff overlooking the Puget Sound and a rendition of “Let’s Get Together” near the summit of Granite Mountain. Their style is intentionally simple and vulnerable, and although they usually play without an audience, they do record some performances and post them on YouTube and Instagram. Both musicians are classically trained – Rose plays the piano and Anastasia plays the violin. Read our article about the Musical Mountaineers. […]

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